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• In Illinois, a Cook County chancery judge has denied a request by several traditional-values groups to intervene in a case seeking to overturn a state marriage law. The move means two clerks are defending the law, as Illinois state officials agree with gay plaintiffs that the law should be thrown out.

• In Nevada, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones upheld the state marriage law as constitutional, ruling that there is a legitimate state interest in protecting “the traditional institution.” The plaintiffs, eight same-sex couples led by Beverly Sevcik, are expected to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.